Bringers of War

The Portugese in Africa during the Age of Gunpowder & Sail from the 15th to 18th Century

John Laband

Long before coal-fuelled ships and machine-tooled firearms, in the age of sail and black powder, the Portuguese were engaged all around the coasts
of Africa in capturing trading towns, seizing slaves and searching for mineral riches. They fought their ancient Muslim foes wherever they encountered them, overthrew African kingdoms and resisted Dutch
Date Published :
September 2013
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
24 pages of plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781848326583
Pages : 272
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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Long before coal-fuelled ships and machine-tooled firearms, in the age of sail and black powder, the Portuguese were engaged all around the coasts of Africa in capturing trading towns, seizing slaves and searching for mineral riches. They fought their ancient Muslim foes wherever they encountered them, overthrew African kingdoms and resisted Dutch, Omani and Ottoman rivals.

Campaigning over difficult terrain and in notoriously inhospitable climates, these were far from one-sided contests. Often victory was theirs, but so too were crushing, ignominious defeats in the field, debilitating sieges and humiliating capitulations. These were clashes between very contrasting societies with their own methods of warfare, choice of weaponry and concepts of what it took to be a heroic warrior.

The enthralling tale of the Portuguese in Africa before the nineteenth century deserves to be every bit as familiar as the Spanish conquest of the Americas. Yet, surprisingly, English-speaking readers know few if any of their ferocious African wars. In this impeccably researched and spellbinding new book, John Leband seeks to redress this imbalance expertly recalling this remarkable saga in full for the first time.

About The Author
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Dr John Laband is a Professor Emeritus of History, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada; a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, England; a Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; a Research Associate in the Department of History, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; and an Adjunct Associate of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, Canada. He is the author, co-author or editor of over twenty books on warfare and military culture in Africa, specializing in the Zulu kingdom and in nineteenth-century colonial conflicts in southern Africa. His most recent book is Zulu Warriors: The Battle for the South African Frontier, published by Yale University Press in 2014. Now living in the village of Greyton in the Western Cape, South Africa, he is currently the co-editor of The History of Military Occupation series for the University of Illinois Press, United States; and is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of African Military History, and of Scientia Militaria: South African Journal of Military Studies.

REVIEWS
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"...a valuable contribution to the historiography, and his attention to detail makes for an enjoyable read... brings attention to an important and often underexplored topic in Africa’s and Portugal’s history
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- International Journal of African Historical Studies

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